Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in League of Legends

August 13, 2013 -

A group of Satanists have petitioned Riot Games to uncensor the name of their favorite deity in the popular MOBA game League of Legends. They may have a valid point in calling it censorship of their religious views. In their petition they point out that other religious gods and deities are not censored such as Jesus, Allah, Zeus, Venus and God.

In the petition, which appeared on Change.org over the weekend, petition writer Beau Guthery wrote that that "They are blocking Satanists' right to freedom of religion by preventing them from using the name Satan."

The petition, which is directed at Riot Games and its CEO Brandon Beck, asks that the word "Satan" be unfiltered from the game:

"We who sign this petition just want to be treated equally," the petition reads. "Your own forum mods and employees say that you listen to the community of game players. Here we are, asking for you to make a small change in the game that would respond to our wishes and give us equality with players who already can select the god of their choice."

Guthery also claims that when a thread was made on the subject at Riot's forums, thread creators were told to "kill themselves" and to "burn in hell." They were also allegedly banned for asking about the filter.

"I did what riot support asked and I made a post about it and I was told to 'kill myself' and to 'burn in hell you atheist pig' and then I was banned forever and the post was removed. While the people who said those things are not banned. I am still not giving up I contacted support again about the ban and I requested someone who is higher ranking in the support reps to answer me about it. Staying strong! Even while riot is actively trying to stop me from speaking or saying anything."

The petition currently has 161 signatures. While it might be easy to make jokes about this, clearly Riot Games has made a decision to censor a word associated with a world religion.

Source: Gus Mastrapa

 


Comments

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

Signed it. I'm of the impression that most Satanists are just in it for the lulz, but that's beside the point here. This censorship seems pretty arbitrary and pointless, and I'm against virtually all forms of censorship.

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

Satanism in general is about the lulz.  I have met very few Satanists who take themselves or their religion seriously, outside the ones really into ritualistic sex.

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

"They are blocking Satanists' right to freedom of religion by preventing them from using the name Satan."

No, they're not but I do agree that filtering out the word 'Satan' is needless move and should be reversed.

Additionally, there's something hilarious to me about someone telling a Satanist to "burn in hell you atheist pig."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

While it is a bit of an odd wording, in a way they are touching on freedom of religion issues.

They are implementing a rule where one religion is considered blasphemy by another, thus while I doubt many Satanists actually want to use 'Satan' in their names, it is still a restriciton on them.

Though seeing how many people DO put the name of their deity of choice in their username.... I don't know about LoL, but it is not unusual to see god or allah in a username on places like forums.

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

Freedom of Religion is a Constitutional thing.  It has nothing to do with League of Legends.  Yeah, the filter is silly and unfair but it is not "blocking Satanists' right to freedom of religion."  Riot can be as exclusive as it likes in its game.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Petition Urges Riot to Uncensor the Word 'Satan' in ...

I signed it. I think it is very strange for Riot to censor that word. Why would they consider it offensive? 

 
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